The Nova Award program consists of individual activity elements in various STEM topics structured for Cub Scouts.

Cub Scout Academic and Sports Belt Loops and Pins with STEM-related requirements include: Astronomy, Computers, Fishing, Geology, Horseback Riding, Mathematics, Photography, Science, Weather, and Wildlife Conservation.

Cub Scout Nova Awards:

science everywhere
Science Everywhere

Down and Dirty
Nova WILD!
Out of This World
tech talk
Tech Talk
1-2-3 go
1-2-3 Go!

The Supernova AwardsThe Supernova awards have more rigorous requirements than the Nova awards. The requirements and activities were designed to motivate youth and recognize more in-depth, advanced achievement in STEM-related activities.

To earn the Cub Scout Supernova award, you must be a Bear or Wolf Cub Scout who is active with a den. With your parent's and unit leader's help, you must select a council-approved Mentor who is a registered Scouter. You may NOT choose your parent or your unit leader (unless the mentor is working with more than one youth).

Dr. Louis Alvarez Supernova Award Information
Tiger Cubs are not eligible to earn the Cub Scout Supernova award.

Although it is not a requirement, it is recommended that you earn at least two of the four Nova awards for Cub Scouts before earning the Dr. Luis W. Alvarez Supernova Award.

Application for the Supernova award is submitted to the district Nova or Advancement committee for approval.

Important: Please view the SCCBSA Council presentation - this will help answer the majority of your questions.

A Note to the Counselor
The Cub Scout Supernova award recognizes superior achievement by a Cub Scout in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All experiments or projects should be conducted using the highest level of safety protocol and always under the supervision of a qualified, responsible adult.

Nova Program Cub Scout/Webelos Guide Book
All requirements may be found in the Nova awards guidebooks, available in printed versions through our local Scout shops, or the guide can be downloaded below. Also see the Nova Program Counselors and Supernova Award Mentors Flyer

Additional Resources:Den Leaders looking for some program ideas around science for their Cub Scouts' advancement trail may find some helpful resources in this document: Cub Scout Science Ideas.

BLASTCAR - The new Blastcar racing activity is a merit badge-driven activity intended for Boy Scouts. Scouts can use their knowledge to experience the engineering design process through sketching an idea for their racer, laying out a design, constructing the car, conducting trial tests, modifying their design, and adding finishing details. Scouts design their racers for optimum performance on the course(s) they've engineered as a team.

Kit contains a pine wood block measuring 10" x 2 1/4" x 1 7/8", four racing slick wheels, axle screws, eyelets, axle key, and instruction guide. The position for the CO2 cartridge is pre-drilled into each block.

Activity can be used toward requirements for Model Design & Building, Woodworking, and Wood Carving merit badges. Blastcar kits are available in the local Scout Shops or online at for $7.99.

For Blastcar guidelines and instructions, please go to this link:

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